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Happy January! A new year that I wasn’t holding much hope for good things to happen since we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Unfortunately, it got even worse right away. I didn’t post a December end of the month because besides Christmas, there was so much else going on in my life, that things with the blog took a back seat.
In December I was placed in quarantine due to close contact with an infected person. I was actually not in contact with this person, but we were in the same room for less than 5 minutes. I tested negative, but we had to place everyone in separate rooms, schedule bathroom breaks, and announce if we were going to the kitchen. This was for about 10 days and not fun.
During this time I had a check-in meeting with my mom who was out of the hospital and back into assisted living. Mom wasn’t eating, walking, or very awake so the nurse determined she just needed to be kept comfortable and to have hospice come in. They assured me my mom wasn’t dying, but that was a lie. Hospice started their visits the week after Christmas and for two weeks, everything was stable and the same. Then the third week it all fell apart and she entered the end-of-life phase. We were given permission to visit her for 2 hours a day, 2 people max. At first, they said they thought she had a week or two, but within 2 days, they gave her 24 hours. She passed away that night. Everything is sad, but I can say the first day I visited with my brother she opened her eyes and told us she loved us. That was the last time she was aware of anything around her or could speak. I am comforted by the thought we both got to say goodbye. I came back again to visit, but she never responded to me. It’s hard to see your mother like that. She is now with her husband eating Italian Gelato and Orange Sherbet. That’s what I believe would make her happy as she has been depressed and not enjoying life since he passed away. I will miss her bunches, but I also know she is in a better place, not anxious over what is not actually happening, and with her husband she adored.
So with that, I am not giving much of an update on my reading and I haven’t posted any challenges for this year. I think I might just take a break on that and hope 2022 is a better year.
Sophia Rose’s Update
Happy New Year, Delighted Readers!
I had a lovely holiday season and even managed to stay up to ring in the New Year this time.
I am a goal person so I decided to keep my goals from last year because I did better at healthier eating and exercising, organizing and getting rid of unused things, using what I have and buying less, reading more off my own pile or from the library… BUT I need to do better so I’ll stay with those.
I have enjoyed sending a few snail mail letters this month including to my COYER Pen Pal, Nadene who sent back a lovely letter already. And, on the theme of paper, I’ve dragged out my scrapbooking kit because my mother requested I do a scrapbook for her birthday with her vacation pictures. It’s been years so I have been enjoying this. I’ve also taken up my healthier cooking projects again now that the holidays are over though I balanced some healthy cooking with eating a box of See’s Chocolates over the last three weeks.
Got the all clear at the dentist again and enjoyed cooking and running errands for a couple friends who came down with Covid flu bug. I’m very concerned about one because she has heart issues and ended up being hospitalized for a few days though is back home now. I’m praying for her and a few other friends who have experienced losses recently. Hugs to everyone who is hanging tough against life’s challenges right now.
I’ve been enjoying a month-long reading challenge hosted by Sharonda @ Brazen Babes and Taima @ ShadesNPages called the #ReadWhatYouGot. My goal was to read six from my own shelf this month and I was able to read ten. Great start! I do believe the gals are extending the challenge until March if anyone wishes to get in on it.
And, I’ve been excitedly participating in COYER Community which is something new this year. I can’t do all the option, but I’ve chosen to participate in the Facebook Group, Visiting other’s reviews now and then, the Pen Pal, and the Readathons. It’s a lovely way to connect with other readers.
Finally, I am doing the new Series Readalong hosted by Anne @ Books of My Heart. This year the series is Nalini Singh’s PsyChangeling. I’ve read the series and am up to date, but the earlier books have grown hazy for me plus I’m choosing Audio with the fabulous Angela Dawes for my re-read option making it almost like new.
You can still get in on any of these.
January Reading Total: 29
Reading Breakdown: 9 Kindle Unlimited, 3 Net Galley, 1 library, 8 author/publisher requests, 8 TBR, 9 Audio
Books of My Heart and Angel’s Guilty Pleasures’ Library Love – 1/12 books
Because Reading’s COYER Seasons 14/30 books
Because Reading’s COYER Community 4 books
Austen Lover’s TBR- 8/21 books
My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR – 12/75 books
Caffeinated Reviewer and That’s What I’m Talking About’s Audio- 9/100 books
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castel and Carole Rae’s Random Rambling’s Romance BINGO 10/25 books
How’s it going? Any life goals or reading goals got you excited right now?
This Month’s Reviews
Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about.
- [5 Jan] All the Colors of the Night by Jayne Ann Krentz ★★★★
- [6 Jan] Dragon Point Collection One by Eve Langlais ★★★★
- [8 Jan] Queen's Gambit by Karen Chance ★★★★½
- [9 Jan] Revolutionary by Colleen Cowley ★★★★½
- [10 Jan] The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery ★★★★★
- [11 Jan] Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh ★★★★
- [12 Jan] Ghosts Just Wanna Have Fun by Danielle Garrett ★★★½
- [13 Jan] Once Upon a Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday ★★★★½
- [14 Jan] Running Away With the Bride by Sophia Singh Sasson ★★★★
- [17 Jan] Things We Didn't Say by Amy Lynn Green ★★★★★
- [26 Jan] Loose Ends by Morgan Brice ★★★★½
- [29 Jan] Vision of Heat by Nalini Singh ★★★★
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